By Greg Reeves
With not one, but two local NFL pros (one current, one retired) in the news for alleged criminal assault, Crime Scene KC has been looking for an up-to-date, comprehensive database of criminal charges against NFL players.
As if. The closest we've found is this 1998 book by Sports Illustrated reporter Don Yaeger and sports-crime expert Jeff Benedict. You can buy it online for $1.43.
Go ahead. I'm checking out my copy tonight from the library. Sample editorial reviews from Amazon.com
- "Startling in its breadth, Benedict and Yaeger's investigation into the off-the-field violence and criminal behavior that pervades the culture of professional football is as eye-opening as it is disturbing." (Amazon)
- "When the authors checked a sample consisting of a third of the players on National Football League teams during the 1996/97 season, they discovered that 21 percent had been arrested or indicted for serious crimes ranging from fraud to homicide." (Library Journal)